Hard to get to, but well worth the journey. Probably the freshest bunch of cask ales I’ve ever had in London. Specialises in small UK breweries and the choice was outstanding when I was in, including beers from Redemption, Marble Manchester, Camden and Otley. All served as fresh as a daisy. Pub itself is a cosy, warm place with a retro feel and nice beer garden. Food pairings are wonderful including slices of pork pie, pickled eggs, and other great british fare. Service is also very helpful and friendly. One of my fav pubs in London and hard to beat.
There is always a bit of a treck to get out to this pub on our fairly infrequent visits to London, but it’s always worthwhile, it has the advantage of the bus dropping you right outside the front door though. There is a calm, relaxed atmosphere, although you do have to push through the barfly’s to get to see what’s on offer. There has always been an eclectic range of beers available, for all tastes, and in our experience generally in very good condition. It has been my favourite London pub for a couple of years now and I would recommend a visit if you possibly can.
Really nice old pub that is unfortunately for me is not that easy to get to. Great characterful beer garden out back - it’s cosy though! Well kept beers and good service. All in all a very nice place to while away a few hours.
Benzai (276) Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, Netherlands | October 21, 2011
Very small old pub that on the night I visited had a great guy on piano and another one on trumpet making the visit worthwile even if I didn’t like to drink beer! Fantastic! Had my first perry and mead in this place, besides some cask beers. Very nice place, thanks for showing me Mes!
Classic old local with a beer selection you don’t find most places! Sit by the fireplace and enjoy some rare cask ales in outstanding condition.
Boudicca (1232) London, England | September 18, 2011| Updated February 19, 2012
I like the Southampton Arms very much and I’m considering making it my local as it’s only a few minutes away on the North London line (now known as the London Overground). Its selection of ales and ciders from UK microbreweries is fantastic, their roast pork baps are delicious and the service is excellent. However, there is a rub: the place has become a victim of its own success and can sometimes get so crowded and noisy that it’s almost stressful to be there. If you pick your time right, though, and can find a space at one of the assorted tables or outside in the small garden at the back, it’s a delight. It has an old fashioned feel, as if it’s been put together with pieces from a salvage yard, right down to the tiles behind the bar which are reminiscent of butchers’ shops of old. They have a quiz on Mondays and a pianist – sometimes a trumpeter as well - on other evenings.
(Last visited 14 January 2012).
Slightly hard environment - saloon rather than lounge. 60s vinyl being played - win! Lovely friendly staff. Great selection of ciders and perries. Everything well served. Pork pie delicious. Could survive with this as my local, certainly.
Really nice pub with a large ever changing selection of British micros. Would have liked to see some foreign beers, but that’s not why you come here I guess. Early evenings it is lovely here, but after about 7 it fills up, particularly Fridays and Saturdays with moneyed trendies who seem to have come to experience a ’real pub’. Some smugness from these kind of patrons. £2.95 for most pints is unbelievable value. Haven’t had the snacks so can’t really comment but the selection looks good. A regular visit for me.
Splendid little pub, hand picked range of British micros well worth going out of the way for. Not just for tickers, the beers may be rare, but the quality is also fine. Fine pork pies if you are a bit hungry. Ciders, too, it that’s what you prefer.
I assume this place is packed at times, so finding an off-peak time to go is probably wise.